We now get paid for things we used to do for free. Through time and experience, you will gain confidence in areas where you previously may not have been comfortable.

We oversee every aspect of a valuation, recognizing and accommodating the many special needs of executors, solicitors and other professional advisors. Christie's fully illustrated valuation documents are the industry standard.

You now have access to benefits that can help you choose right, be safe and stay informed. An appraiser’s written report should include a full description of your item and the procedure used to estimate its current value.

Avoid an appraiser who asks for a fee based on a percentage of the item’s value. Harrison recommends seeking a certified appraiser’s valuation before taking the item to a local antiques or collectibles dealer. An appraiser is more likely to give a fair judgment because there’s no conflict of interest; it’s a violation of professional ethics to offer to buy an item he has appraised. If an appraiser thinks an object isn’t worth a written appraisal, she might recommend other resources to arrive at a value. Many collectibles have well-established guidebooks.

You upload photos of your items and provide descriptions; the sites send back valuations, not authentications, usually within a week.

Craigslist is useful for seeing what others are willing to pay for similar items.

We have been professionally trained in appraisal theory, principles, procedures, ethics and law. This service is primarily done for an individual or business as per the request of the insurance company. This appraisal aids both parties in coming to appropriate value agreement before loss occurs.

We recommend that you update this appraisal as the market and value changes to reflect appropriate premiums and to keep your valuation agreement withstanding (3-5 years is typically sufficient). They are conducted with an objective non-biased opinion of value to assist all parties in settling on an a fair amount. These appraisals are most often hypothetical desktop appraisals.

We also appraise the same for executors looking to calculate estate administration taxes (formerly probate). In many cases as with many families, members are spread out across vast distances, and today’s family life is extremely busy and taxing. Should you face the challenge of balancing both we can help alleviate the task of taking care of the ‘stuff’ so you can take care of the people. If you’re in this boat and not sure where to start give us a call, we’re here for a quick chat or word of advice if you need it. The intended use of these appraisals is typically for financing, refinancing, selling or purchasing of a business, to comply with the commercial tenancies act for lockout or distress or bankruptcy.

We can assist in determining the value(s) needed for your intended use and can provide affidavits and/or court testimonies on your behalf.

We are sensitive to the divorce process and our goal is to help simply that process and expedite resolution by providing objective and non-biased valuations of assets. Each matrimonial case is unique and we will work closely with you and or your lawyer to make sure we are meeting your specific needs. Our final reports are clear, concise and written using your household terminology making them as user-friendly as possible.

We have and can be retained by both parties and are able to visit multiple locations. The effective date is typically retrospective using the date of separation for value.

We can help you determine a fair asking price and an appropriate market for your items. Identifying the right market for an object is crucial to maximizing your monetary proceeds.

We also partner with local companies and buyers and sellers who frequent the market and can help get your items sold quicker.

We partner with local companies and can provide you with preferred trucking and storage rates. For items that cannot be sold, donated or gifted, we will assess whether or not they are of any scrap value or simply need disposing of. An appraisal is the act or process of developing an opinion of value, estimating cost or calculating potential earnings.


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An appraisal report is verbal or written documentation of the same. Every appraisal has a unique combination of important variables including: the intended use, intended users, type and quantity of assets, effective date as well as location and condition of property. Once you’ve decided, or had confirmation that you require an appraisal we will walk you through the above questions to get an idea of the scope of work involved.

We are sensitive to the timeline you may be working with and to your personal situation and understand that you may want your appraisal conducted during specific days and hours (when your business is closed, when your kids are at school, on your time off / weekend, etc.).

We are also available in many cases for same day service. In the event that a physical inspection is not possible as a result of theft, fire or other circumstances we will conduct a desktop appraisal. This is an appraisal based on photographs, videos, detailed information and other documentation you provide to us. Once engaged, the appraisal itself may be conducted on-site or at our location. If you have any relevant documentation, such as receipts, invoices, or old appraisals we may ask to review these. When appropriate we also consult with curators, dealers, and other appropriate experts. How long do the appraisal take and how much does it cost?

The length and cost of the appraisal depends on the amount of time we spend on your project and the complexity of the valuation requested. Once we have outlined the scope of work we will provide you with an estimated length of on-site time required. Estimates of cost are usually expressed as a range and do not include applicable sales tax. A qualified appraiser has formal education in appraisal theory, principles, procedures, ethics and law. An appraiser should be up-to-date on the latest appraisal standards and continue education and testing to ensure competency. If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work for sale, please call the prior to visiting. They are filled with photos and information. Fine antiques are great conversation pieces and accents for any home or office.


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Antiques also make excellent gifts for the person who appreciates them. If you are unable to visit our store, browse the rest of the website for our antiques. Photos, descriptions and prices are listed for each.

You can learn more about the history of each individual product.

We look forward to helping you find a breathtaking piece that you can always cherish.

I am now working as a commercial and residential personal property appraiser. Your pieces may or may not be worth as much, depending on a variety of factors. If one is, however, you may want to schedule it separately on your homeowners insurance. Personal property appraisers are not government regulated and only hold business licenses. Historically, only those with experience handling antiques did appraisals — such as auctioneers and antiques dealers, as a corollary to their main business and marketing technique. Which associations certify antiques appraisers?

Appraisal reports are also vetted to ensure the member knows the differences in methodology. Most importantly, all three have a code of ethics members must observe. All three evaluate the knowledge and skills of their members, which assures consumers that members have met at least the minimum requirements of the profession. There may be travel charges, direct and indirect expenses. An average appraisal of antique , fine or decorative arts takes 30 minutes to two hours per item, depending on the amount of time required to establish a credible value. Have you had antiques, artwork or collectibles appraised?

She appraises and consults on art and antiques for individuals, collectors, corporations and government entities. All comments are subject to review and approval prior to posting. The accurate estimation and documentation of personal property values rests primarily on the knowledge and expertise of the appraiser. It is wise to choose the most competent professional appraiser with demonstrated expertise regarding the property in question. A professional appraiser can help you protect your assets by providing a written appraisal. With a written appraisal in hand, you can be confident of the valuation of your property. In addition, the professional written appraisal is a legal document able to withstand courtroom examination and scrutiny from government authorities. Our certified appraisers provide efficient and timely reporting based on mutually agreed requirements. This fact has allowed many untrained or under-qualified individuals to pose as appraisers. It is therefore critical that you know who you are dealing with, their qualifications, and area of expertise. Everyone is welcome to submit items for free online appraisal. A response is usually given within 3 business days.

We can travel to your home or location to examine your items, and give you verbal or written estimates.

We will provide the expert assistance you need to help you make the right decisions about the disposition of your items. Hairwork became a pastime for women that was as popular as crocheting. Clients should independently confirm the competency of an appraiser in any declared specialty. They're paid by the valuation and the busiest of them do 2, 500 to 3, 000 valuations per month. Each valuation includes a little background about the item, a date of origin and an estimate of its value along with some context. If you want to sell an item, that's up to you. Vorst's world, the auction would keep 10 to 15 per cent of the value of your item. An additional commission of around 20 per cent is added to the price the buyer pays. Antiques dealers similarly take a cut for themselves off the estimated value of an object.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. Commenters who repeatedly violate community guidelines may be suspended, causing them to temporarily lose their ability to engage with comments. Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. My appraisals will tell you: what they're worth how to sell them or divide them fairly where to sell them ie. John’s services make the job easier and hasten the process. He also has the time to spend with elderly clients; time their own children can rarely afford due to career and other family commitments. He listens and responds to the issues and the memories that often make it difficult for clients to dispense with possessions. He established market values, identified sales options and made recommendations. This enabled his clients to make informed choices – rather than best guesses. An appraisal is an informed opinion of value based on knowledge and experience. John has been an antiques and fine art appraiser for over 30 years. After nearly 50 years of collecting art and antiques we decided it was time to clear the decks a little.

We didn’t want that responsibility to burden our children down the road.

We were in constant contact with him regarding a multitude of details. It took a tremendous load off our shoulders to have this kind of back-up, particularly the financial arrangements he negotiated with the auction house itself. John's reputation and presence paid for his costs. Our company has 3 licensed and bonded auctioneers and also 2 expert appraisers available to you. Generally, we will go to your residence, examine the items, take a digital photograph and write down all necessary information concerning the item. Reasonable rates, prompt confidential service.

We also plant one tree for every book sell!

Excellent condition, no scratches or spots. Chairs all with fan shaped hand - cane. Excellent handcrafted quality with brass components. Pillows and mattress can be reupholstered to suit.